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Water Wags – The World's Oldest Dinghy Class – Celebrate 129th Season

23rd April 2015
The Water Wags start their 129th season in Dun Laoghaire
Water Wags – The World's Oldest Dinghy Class – Celebrate 129th Season

#On the training evening of Wednesday 22nd April, the weather was bright, the temperature was warm, and Class Captain, David MacFarlane organised an evening of coaching. The plan was to swap crews around so that the less experience helmsmen could benefit from having a more experienced crew on board his boat who could give him some strategic advice. Everything went to plan except for one thing- lack of wind. The event had to take place in a wind of less than three knots which was not ideal. On the water there were four Water Wags, David Williams in Scallywag, newcomers Tim and Marcus in their newly acquired Little Tern, Brian Mc. Bride in Nandor sporting a new set of North sails and Henry Rooke in Polly. Some short races took place, which served as a good training exercise.

A support team of Richard Mossop and Dan O'Connor in Yahtzee filmed the entire proceedings, so that the event can be analysed in the next shore based training session. It is remarkable to have ten Water Wags ready for the water one week before racing starts. This is thanks to the preparation and maintenance team who worked on the boats in Western Marine over the past few months under the guidance of David Williams. Next Wednesday the serious racing starts in Dun Laoghire Harbour.

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Vincent Delany

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Sailing historian Vincent Delany is a member of the Association of Yachting Historians, and an active sailor in Water Wag, SOD and Squib classes. He has written a thesis on 'Yachting and yachtsmen on the River Shannon 1830-1930.' He has lectured on the history of The Water Wag Club, Royal St.George Yacht Club, and the Killinure Yacht Club, He has written two sailing books 'The Water Wags 1887-2012' and 'The International 12 foot class in Ireland' both of which are available from

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